What to look for in a used or "vintage" razor. I'm doing a lot of reading in the wiki threads here. I can spot a horrible blade now, e.g. bad bevel (smile, frown, plain uneven grind, etc). Anything less than horrible or horribly obvious, I don't trust myself to spot yet. Doing a lot of "watch"ing on the bay to see which razor sells for what then try to figure out why.What do you need help with?
You are halfway there, then. Beware ultra cheap Chinese strops. Most are utterly useless. Look for seller "thexbay" on ebay for a strop. He has two models. Get the bigger one, 2-1/2" wide. $8.88 is a crazy low price for a usable beginner strop. BST for a razor. The good deals don't last so be ready to pounce. There are threads and threads about buying razors on fleabay. There are a few gems among the lemons. You just got to know how to pick them.I may take you up on that extremely generous offer, sir.
Slash, I'm using a Merkur 3 piece DE, not sure of the model but it has a longer handle and closed comb(Feather blade). I use a brush in a metal shave bowl that I preheat with hot water (also soaking my brush in it). I've been bouncing back and forth between cremes and soaps, tending more towards soap. It just seems to last longer in my dopp kit. Most days I shave WTG then XTG and call it good. When I'm home, off the road, I may add a ATG pass for my wife's sake.
Started out wet shaving in the mid to late 70s with dad's hand me down Gillette DE. Came back to it for the usual reasons: save money long term, face and neck irritation no matter what I tried. Once I found out that it was the store bought goop and the multiple blade monstrosity lurking in my kit causing the problem instead of being the solution, I pitched all that and here I am.
......wow. I feel like a kid looking forward to Christmas now.I’ll pif @slim6596 a razor, send me a mailing address. It will have a jnat edge on it, so when it gets dull, which could be fairly quickly learning to shave and strop, have Scott put a coti edge on it. You’ll get to try two different classic edges.
Get a beginner’s strop or a poor man’s strop from Tony Miller. You could also just get a piece of leather from Tandy and lay it in the edge of a table and use it like a paddle strop.
Tell ya what... I think I might have a super cheap third world excuse for a strop that I can send you. No charge. If you insist, you can paypal me whatever the shipping comes to be, if you are too proud to just say yes please, thank you. I can't ship today but maybe day after tomorrow I can get it out the door. Unless of course you have already ordered the $8.88 special from thexbay, which will actually be a slightly better strop than the one I am thinking to send. Another option is to wait until late next week when I hope to have a batch of newbie strops ready to sell cheap. Slightly better than thexbay's mighty Pakistani special. Other options are the Illinois brand strops which are fairly cheap, or fellow member and stropmeister par excellants Tony Miller's entry level strops, (he also makes some very nice ones, something to keep in mind when it is time to upgrade) or Larry's "Poor Man" strop, from www.whippeddog.com, which has been the first strop of many members here. One way or the other, you should get the ball rolling on a cheap or free strop ASAP so you can continue to shave with Steve's generously PIF-ed razor.First order of business: leather strop. Next: gauze and tourniquets.